Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students

BRUNO MARS EXPANDS HIS SUPPORT OF THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®’S GRAMMY CAMP® WITH THE BRUNO MARS SCHOLARSHIP
FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER CONTINUES HIS LONG-STANDING SUPPORT OF NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC MAKERS WITH FUND TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR QUALIFIED NEEDS-BASED APPLICANTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES—DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 31, 2018

The GRAMMY Museum®(www.grammymuseum.org) has announced  that five additional students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp® through the generous support of five-time GRAMMY® winner and 21-time GRAMMY nominee Bruno Mars. The scholarship will cover the tuition, housing, and transportation of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years. GRAMMY Camp, now celebrating its 14th year, is the GRAMMY Museum’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. This scholarship was first established in 2014 through a grant from Mars to the Hawai’i Community Foundation in honor of his late mother for students from the Hawai’i area to attend GRAMMY Camp. It has now expanded to include applicants from across the country.

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition, and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. Thedeadline to apply is March 31, 2018. Continue reading “Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students”

SKN Foundation Gala hosts fundraiser for South Asian children with special needs


 More than 500 supporters in the fields of business, arts, philanthropy and medicine attended the annual SKN Hope Gala on Friday evening at the Marigold Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey, which focused its efforts to raise funds for South Asian children with special needs this year.

“We could not be more humbled by the love and generosity of the community,” said founder Dr. Naveen Mehrotra. “SKN’s goal is to educate the South Asian community about the various diseases that plague our loved ones, and this year, we wanted to shed light on how parents cope with their children with special needs.” The major beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser will be the Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE). 

Guest of Honor Juhi Chawla, a renowned Indian actress, humanitarian and former Miss India, spoke at the event and served as the show stopper for international fashion designer to the stars, Joy Mitra, who debuted a special collection he created just for the cause. The fashion show spotlighted special needs children, who walked the ramp with their mothers, followed by an intimate Q&A between host Mini Mathur and the fathers. “What an amazing opportunity for my son! I am so proud of him every day, and walking the ramp, dressed up so fabulously, allowed him to know that we love him just as he is,” said Radha Lath, mother of Aditya Lath, a child with special needs.
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The Ritz-Carlton Unveils Tropical Paradise In Malaysia

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to announce the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, as the oceanfront resort opens today on the Malaysian island. Set in a tranquil private bay, the resort is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is shelter by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Designed to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages – which are known as Kampongs – The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch.

“We are thrilled to be introducing The Ritz-Carlton to Langkawi. This exciting opening marks our first resort destination in Malaysia, and the second property in the country following The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.C.C. “With spectacular coastal views, lush rainforests and a blend of cultures, Langkawi offers stunning natural beauty with a fascinating story. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi provides guests with the opportunity to experience the wonders of this unique island for themselves.”

 Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, the resort has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture. Spacious interiors in the 70 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. Continue reading “The Ritz-Carlton Unveils Tropical Paradise In Malaysia”

Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry

Is all Indian food curried? Yes, No, Maybe so!

Indians today have relocated to every nook and corner of the earth. Restaurateurs’ have followed suit. Aren’t we glad??!! No matter where you travel to, you can find an establishment serving naan and daal, thanks to enterprising Punjabis who have influenced cooking in a major way. Similarly, the caterers of South India have given many parts of the globe a taste of idlis and dosas.

Obviously, cross-fertilization between cuisines takes place and innovative chefs come up with new recipes to the delight of foodies! As with all cuisines, easy availability of local produce forms the base for use of various ingredients in cooking. Similarly, preferences of the palate differ between communities which influence cuisine. But the bottom line is the ‘masala’ or the ‘curry’ is what adds flavors to Indian cuisines. Even in pizzas, pastas and such!

An authentic Indian curry is a combination of onion, garlic, ginger and spices, seasonings. Turmeric, cloves and cardamoms. Coconut in the Southern delicacies.  Not all Indian food is spicy and salty. We’re major on sweets (Bengali ones are extremely popular) and a lot of these are made with jiggery, milk and ghee. Watch your calorie intake as you consume those! Side dishes and condiments like chutneys ad pickles add to the texture of a meal and provide balance. Continue reading “Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry”

Two Great Brands come together for the Grand Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017

NEXA PRESENTED MANISH MALHOTRA’S PREMIERE BESPOKE MEN’S WEAR AND WOMEN’S SENSATIONAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE FABULOUS CLOSING SHOW OF LAKME FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2017

Two great brands came together for the grand .

NEXA, the premium retail experience outlet of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. collaborated with Bollywood’s ace designer, Manish Malhotra and presented a dazzling fashion happening called ‘Tales of Indulgence’.

Speaking on the occasion,  Manish Malhotra said, “This July, the Manish Malhotra label completed 12 years. As we began a new chapter heralded by expansion and diversity in design, my Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week had for the very first-time presented bespoke suits for men. After a successful menswear show at Lakmé Fashion Week a few seasons ago, the new collection was a step forward through a renewed focus on the segment. The suits have been created using varied textiles and textures with a touch of glamour and spans eveningwear, club-wear, festive and occasion-wear. Continue reading “Two Great Brands come together for the Grand Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017”

20th Annual BAPS Charities Walk 2017 Supports  Tree Canada and William Osler Health System Foundation

 

Eager to compare and share her success with her friends, Akshara excitedly arrived early to submit all the donations she had diligently collected over the past month. Along with her peers, Akshara supported her friends and family with encouragement and reminders to raise money and awareness about the community involvement of BAPS Charities.

Akshara is just one of hundreds of community members who supported the 20th annual BAPS Charities Walk Green 2017 in Toronto on Sunday August 13, 2017.

This is an event to bring awareness and raise funds for Environmental and Health Initiatives and other charitable activities organized by BAPS Charities. This year, the BAPS Charities Walk supports Tree Canada’s national initiative to plant 10,000 trees in Canada. In addition, the Walk also supports the life-saving work of the William Osler Health System. Continue reading “20th Annual BAPS Charities Walk 2017 Supports  Tree Canada and William Osler Health System Foundation”

Forgiveness Can Heal You

Message to the world for Dada J.P Vaswani’s 99th birthday on Aug.2nd 2107.

A troubled conscience will never allow us to live in peace and quiet – and our conscience will continue to remain troubled unless we rid ourselves of the hatred and resentment that makes us unforgiving.

If we wish to achieve inner peace, there is only one way – release ourselves from anger and resentment, learn to let go of hatred, and practice forgiveness. The truth is, if you are unable to forgive and forget, you pay the price in emotional terms. What form this emotional, physical deprivation may take, it is difficult to predict.

Medical experts tell us that anger accelerates our ageing process. Anger is indeed a very natural human reaction. But if we let anger remain in the heart within, it ceases to be mature and natural — it festers into a grudge. When we refuse to forgive people, we are letting our grudge control our life.

We all know that stress causes insomnia — but so can bitterness! Research has even revealed a relationship between unresolved anger and cardiac arrest. People who hold grudges fall easy prey to illness and disease. When they make the conscious decision to cease hatred and resentment — they set themselves on the road to recovery. This is why hatred has been likened to cancer — it is the cancer of bitterness that destroys both body and soul.

A woman suffered from severe rheumatic pains in the knee joint. No medicines were of any avail. The pain went on increasing, until a holy man asked her, “Do you hold a grudge against anyone?” Continue reading “Forgiveness Can Heal You”

Lolë White Tour announces celebrity instructors

Celebrity husband and wife yoga instructor team Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee will be leading the sunset yoga session on Thursday, July 27 @ Exhibition Place, Toronto.

 “The First Lady of Yoga” (New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee is a successful author, yoga instructor and host of the podcast Talking YogaRodney Yee was one of the first yoga instructors to star in and offer instructional yoga videos letting those without access to a studio, practice at home. The power couple has multiple yoga practices in New York, online and both teach workshops around the world. With over half a century of combined yoga experience, Colleen and Rodney have taught some of the world’s biggest celebrity yogis including Madonna, Serena Williams and Bon Jovi. Colleen and Rodney are also co-founders of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, a non-profit bringing complementary yoga and meditation into the mainstream healthcare system.

In a brief chat with Usha Pudukkotai, the power couple shared their views, ideas and thoughts about their journey with Yoga.

Colleen said her journey started in 1984 at the urging of a roommate who took her to a class in New York City that left her feeling intimidated and yet remarkably good. Still, she continued other forms of exercise (including running, boxing, and basketball) until 1994, when she was forced to undergo back surgery. Since then, her commitment to her yoga practice has been unwavering.

When asked about her practice style, Colleen says that she’s been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She likes to experiment, including doing yoga moves to rock-n-roll music. She has studied with many instructors including Iyengar. Her style comprises of all aspects of yoga practice: Asana, pranayama, breathe work, and meditation. During our tele-conversation, she also mentioned that any student or disciple who’s willing to try will certainly make a huge difference in their lives with yoga practice.

 Rodney Yee, who’s been practicing yoga for over 35 years, has a special regard for the motherland of yoga, which is India. His message is to our readers is that yoga is for anybody and everybody. Their method of instruction includes  online classes, videos and tours across the world.

You can meet and learn from Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee in our own city of this month as they teach their innovative interpretations of Yoga. Continue reading “Lolë White Tour announces celebrity instructors”

Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You

The Inside-Out Approach to Positivity: Five Ways to Face Challenges Without Giving Them the Power to Define You
We tend to believe that external forces have the power to shape our lives. Not true. When we choose to live from the inside-out, rather than the outside-in, we can face even the most daunting challenges without getting pulled into negativity and pessimism.

By Jon Gordon

In a world dominated by negativity, how do you build a life around optimism and hope? After all, pessimism comes at us from all angles, from social media to the news to “naysaying” colleagues, friends, and family members. It’s all too easy to get preoccupied with challenges involving work, health, family, and other problem areas. But no matter what outside forces seem to be shaping your fate, you have the ultimate control over your thoughts and actions—and realizing this simple fact can transform your life.

People think success and happiness descend on them from the outside, but that’s not true. Your circumstances don’t have the power to define you. The power is on the inside. You can create your life—a great life—from the inside-out, not the outside-in.

When Superman took off his cape, who was he? People say he was Clark Kent, but no—he was still Superman. He was Superman on the inside. That’s where his power was.

True, external challenges, events, and circumstances exist—and we all have to deal with them—but they don’t have to drag you down into negativity and pessimism.

Let’s take traffic, for example. One day traffic really bothers you. Another day you are listening to a great song or podcast, you’re in a great mood, and the traffic doesn’t bother you. Is it the circumstance—the traffic—or your state of mind that is producing how you feel? Continue reading “Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You”

Finding inner equilibrium through yoga

By Dr. Gagan Bhalla

In the west, yoga has enjoyed an ever-rising popularity and acceptance for more than a century. It may appear mystifying to many that a tradition that traces its roots back to thousands of years and one that lays emphasis on spiritual rather than the material should find such tremendous resonance in a society that is quintessentially at the opposite end of the spiritual-material spectrum.

However, this seeming paradox has a simple and straightforward answer. In societies where materialism has held sway for hundreds of years, and scientific determinism has become a prevailing dogma, many fundamental answers about the individual’s mind, body and soul have, while over analysed, remained unanswered or unaddressed.

And that is where yoga, mindfulness and well being acquire importance. This is because material well being doesn’t automatically lead to mental equilibrium. As the adage goes, “Wealth is not happiness.” The extra bit that would satiate the mind and soul and enrich the body can be provided by yoga.

Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for healthy living. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning to join. According to yogic scriptures, the practice of yoga leads to the union of an individual’s consciousness with the universal consciousness.

According to scientists, everything in the universe is a manifestation of the same quantum firmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be ‘in yoga’ and is termed as a yogi who has attained a state of freedom, referred to as mukti, nirvana, kaivalya or moksha.

Yoga refers to an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which human beings can achieve union between the body and mind to attain self-realization. The aim of yoga practice is to overcome all kinds of sufferings that lead to a sense of freedom in every walk of life with holistic health, happiness and harmony.

Yoga expects two Ds from the practitioner – dedication and discipline, everything else can be self-taught. As the Indian Prime Minister Honourable Narendra Modi has said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing out lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change.” Continue reading “Finding inner equilibrium through yoga”